Lenna E. Thompson
Age 87 of Braidwood, formerly of Wilmington, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.
Born December 14, 1929 in Miller, Arkansas, Lenna E. was a daughter of the late Brad and Mae (Grimes) Smith. On June 20, 1952, she married Ollie “Lavern” Thompson in Missouri, and together they would raise their family in Wilmington. Lenna was a dedicated 55 year member of the Wilmington Church of God of Prophecy, and held several jobs in addition to raising her children. She held employment with Grinchuck’s Pants Factory and Royal Willow Nursing Home, but most recently worked at the Christian Living Academy Day Care in Wilmington. Lenna enjoyed quilting and sewing; loved to feed the squirrels, and was a fan of Vince Gill. In recent years, Lenna also took great pleasure in Facebook. A true Christian woman, Lenna’s faith and church was a priority in her life. Most of all, she lived for her family and cherished every moment she was able to spend with them.
Survivors include five children: Vickey (Jeff) Palmer of Wilton Center, Timmy (Julie) Thompson and Tommy (Donna) Thompson, both of Braidwood, Tracey “Gert” Thompson of Wilmington and Rhonda (Kevin) Murphy of Braidwood; daughter-in-law, Sue Thompson of Wilmington; fourteen grandchildren: Jeff (Brandy) Thompson, Steph Thompson, Carrie (Brent) Van Duyne, Chris Thompson (Katie Bowman), Jeff Palmer, Jeremy Palmer (Deanna Esquivel), Timmy (Megan) Thompson, Amy (Jeff) Lee, Joshua (Lisa) Thompson, Andy (Tressa) Thompson, Amanda Thompson (Kurt Daugherty), Kerrigan Thompson (Jordan Kubitz), Taylor Murphy and Trevor Murphy; 24 great grandchildren: Cole (Hayleigh), Kile, Zach, Aiden, Korbin and Tucker Thompson, Mike and Hunter Catlin, Zander and Chance Van Duyne, Kaylee, Makenzi, Ethan and Olivia Thompson, Devin, Tyler, Luke and Kailyn Lee, Nevin Hurst, and Blake, Breanna, Mason and Payton Thompson; two great-great grandsons: Eoghan and Declan Thompson; two sisters: Maude Bittle of Greers Ferry, Arkansas and Letha Barger of Heber Springs, Arkansas; numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many friends, including her lifelong friends: Charlene Menz and Mabry Forsythe.
Lenna was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lavern; son Rickey Thompson; two brothers: Homer and Elbert Smith; and one sister: Adith Bittle.
A private family visitation will be held, and cremation rites will be accorded.
The family will receive friends for a memorial visitation at Christian Life Assembly, 2960 Division Street (Illinois Route 113) in Diamond on Tuesday April 18, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. until time of memorial service at 6:00 p.m.
A private inurnment will take place in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington, where Lenna will be laid to rest with her husband Lavern.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Lenna’s memory to: Benefit of Chance Van Duyne c/o Grundy Bank or to Fight for Chance, Muscular Dystrophy Association Muscle Walk.
Family and friends may sign the online guest book, upload photographs, or share Lenna’s memorial page by logging onto: <http://www.baskervillefuneral.com/>www.BaskervilleFuneral.com
Cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington